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Oscar Night Dinner


I’m not going to lie.  My friends spoil me.  They are ridculously talented in the kitchen, and I am lucky enough to regularly be on the receiving end of those gifts.

Take last night – our dear friends Melissa & Colin had us over for dinner and to watch the Oscars.  The spread was straight out of the Governor’s Ball, only difference being we licked our plates clean!

We had ricotta crostini two ways – one with pickled grapes, and one with olives and oranges.  With champagne cocktails, of course.  Well matched with the red carpet proceedings.

Dinner was beef roast with herbs, risotto milanese, a raw root vegetable salad, bagna cauda style, and roast brussel sprouts.  Hopefully we can get Colin to do a guest post on the risotto – bone marrow and saffron, are you kidding me??  Holy hell – it was divine!  The raw salad was a bright complement to the other earthy and rich offerings.

And less you thought it ended there, as the awards were concluding, we finished it off with Catie’s maple pots de crème, which she topped with a sprinkling of salt and fresh whipped cream.

So obviously dinner was a bit decadent, but who are we kidding – so it sitting around watching awards dedicated to a decadent industry.  But damn, if it isn’t pretty fun!

I advise you to tuck this menu away, and then bring it out on a cold night when you want to pull out all the stops.  Wolfgang would be proud.






Martha Stewart I am not -
I have no intention of
whittling my own table
and can handle a martini
like nobody's business -
but I do have lots of
great ideas on cooking,
entertaining, and living
that I want to share with you.

Together, perhaps we can find
ways to have a bit more fun!


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